Expectations for Teacher, Parents, and Children
Mrs. Becca will:
- Lead the class in music-making activities and guide student learning.
- Plan classes that are developmentally-appropriate for each age group.
- Respect that sometimes a child may choose to observe, rather than participate in an activity.
- Provide quality instruments and materials for class time.
- Learn children's names and address each child by name in every class.
- Give parents the words and instructions for the activities we learn in class.
- Continue to develop her musicianship skills and learn fresh material to share with her classes.
- Participate in class activities, focusing on his/her own child during class.
- Learn the activities and repeat them at home during moments when child is most receptive.
- Deal with any behavioral issues that may arise during class. It is normal for children, especially toddlers, to wander during class activities. However, if a child's behavior becomes a distraction, the parent is responsible for lovingly correcting the behavior. Sometimes it may be necessary for a child to leave the room and calm down; it is fine to leave, but please rejoin the class as soon as your child feels ready. Usually by week 3 or 4, children have learned the class routine, and are ready to focus during the majority of class time.
- Children will observe and/or participate depending on personality and comfort level.
Please and Thank you:
- Please avoid holding conversations with other adults during class.
- Please remove your child from the classroom if he/she is having a hard time settling. Learning to self-regulate is an important skill, and our children need our love and assurance as they learn how to handle their emotions and impulses. Help them find a quiet place to breathe and settle, and then rejoin class when your child feels ready.
- Please restrain your child from hitting others or throwing objects. Safety in class is our top priority.
- Please keep personal items (teddy bears, blankets, clothing, bottles) out of the activity area.
- Thank you for keeping food and drinks out of the classroom. Make sure your child has a snack and drink before class begins.
- Thank you for practicing these fun musical activities at home with your child.